TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Troy Police Department is sending out a warning to PlayStation 5 seekers and sellers, sounding the alarm on a "holiday scam alert."
Police sent out a series of social posts on Monday, telling the community to "use extreme caution if buying one of these on FB Marketplace, Craigslist, etc."
They noted that because PS5s are hard to find, the situation is a "scammer's dream."
Are you looking for the coveted PS5 for a holiday gift? Between these being out of stock, plus the desperation of well meaning parents, it’s a scammer’s dream. Please use extreme caution if buying one of these on FB Marketplace, Craigslist, etc. 👇 pic.twitter.com/2VvKv3x98C
— Troy Police Department (@TroyMI_Police) November 30, 2020
Police warned in a social post that you could wind up just purchasing a box or meeting with someone who wants to steal your money.
Police also said earlier in November, they received reports of two people who were victimized by others posing as PlayStation 5 buyers. In one instance, a person posing as a buyer agreed to pay the seller $1,200 for a PS5, police say. Instead, according to police, the suspect arrived, snatched the PS5 and took off without paying the victim. The incident reportedly occurred outside of the police station.